I seem to have spent a great deal of my life surrounded by bubble wrap – let’s just clarify that – I said ‘surrounded by’ not ‘wrapped in’! Running a business that posts out thousands of items by mail, bubble wrap is an essential product for protecting fragile objects.
While this is clearly what it was designed for, did you know there are many other wonderful ways you can use it too? As bubble wrap contains lots of little pockets of air, it is a great insulator as well as highly effective padding.
Keeping food cold
Cool bags are great, cool boxes even better, but they are expensive and can be cumbersome. If you just keep a sheet of bubble wrap lying flat in the back of your car, you can prevent your cold or iced foods from getting too warm by lining your shopping bags with it. It also works to keep hot foods warm, so great when you are driving home with a takeaway curry!
Throughout the winter months, bubble wrap is ideal for lining your greenhouse to help keep heat in. And it’s not just great for plants, if you’re feeling chilly and there’s an annoying draft, you can tape a sheet of bubble wrap across a window – instant insulation for little or no cost, and it still lets the light in.
That may sound a bit odd, but bubble wrap is perfect for creating makeshift hand cushions. Whether you want to add more comfort to the handles of crutches, a shopping bag or gardening tools, it will stop you getting sore palms.
OK, I admit this isn’t going to be the fashion trend of the year, but you can tape patches of it to the knees of your trousers and use them as protective pads in the garden!
Protecting your plants
Bubble wrap your outdoor plants the night before a frost to keep them protected, much cheaper than garden fleece and very effective.
Securely wrap your outside/garden taps, and any exposed pipe work with bubble wrap, and fix with something like gaffer tape – job done for the winter!
And finally… bubble wrap has to be the best stress reliever ever! I should know, I have popped my way through yards and yards of it over the years!
So, the next time you have a delivery of something precious and the box is full of bubble wrap… think before you throw it away!
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